The Department of Tourism today issued a show-cause order against City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati, where the dead body of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera was found on New Year’s Day.
Signed by Tourism Department Regional Director Woodrow Maquiling Jr., the letter asked manager Richard Reazon to submit within the next three days a written explanation as to why the hotel’s government accreditation should not be revoked in light of the New Year’s party held within its premises.
It said that based on government regulations, an “establishment in areas declared to be under General Community Quarantine that is concurrently being used as a quarantine facility may not provide accommodation for leisure purposes.”
Dacera, along with about 11 male companions, attended a private party in one of City Garden’s rooms. The authorities believe that the Philippine Airlines stewardess was sexually assaulted by her companions during the celebration. The suspects have been charged with provisional rape and homicide, with the police alleging that “lacerations and sperm” were found in the victim’s genitalia.
Three suspects have been arrested, while the rest are still at large.
The victim, who was found lifeless in a bathtub, died of an aneurysm but the police said that it was caused by several factors. The results of Dacera’s autopsy are expected to be released today.
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